Sunny San Diego boasts miles of beautiful beaches, but the city has so much more to offer than just sun and sand. From spectacular science museums exploring science and art to animal attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and the Birch Aquarium there's something for everyone. A fan of history or the outdoors? Can't-miss historic sites and numerous parks make the list too.
2929 Zoo Drive
The expansive “habitats” include a tropical rainforest filled with gorillas, a recreated Arctic tundra with polar bears and reindeer, and a Giant Panda Research Station.
1492 N Harbor Dr
Three historic ships, two replicas, a submarine and their onboard exhibits form the core of a museum dedicated to the city's maritime history.
500 SeaWorld Drive
This waterfront attraction mixes entertainment and education in a venue designed to heighten awareness of conservation issues.
1450 El Prado
The collection here totals more than 12,000 objects, with particular strengths in Renaissance, Baroque, Asian and American art.
Balboa Park 87
1549 El Prado
It’s pretty much impossible to get bored at this park.
700 Prospect St
The galleries show edgy rolling exhibitions and include pieces from their collection of more than 4,000 works by the likes of Robert Irwin and Yoshitomo Nara.
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
This 160-acre preserve marks the site of the first European visit to San Diego, made by 16th-century explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo.
1439 El Prado
This folk art museum occupies six galleries on two levels of a building known since 1934 as the House of Charm.
2001 Pan American Plz
The round building at the southern end of the plaza houses an excellent museum with an extensive display of aircrafts – originals, replicas, models and Charles Lindbergh memorabilia.
2300 Expedition Way
With a glorious setting above La Jolla's coastline, the contemporary Mission-style complex encompasses a state-of-the-art aquarium and the largest museum in the nation devoted solely to oceanography.
200 West Island Avenue
The museum is building a state-of-the-art new facility in San Diego's marina district. Projected date of completion is fall 2007.
10818 San Diego Mission Rd
Mission San Diego is the very first Mission built in what is now the state of California and was built in 1769.
1350 El Prado
The iconic California Building, with its amazing tiled dome and signature bell tower, is where you will find this museum devoted to anthropology.
San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street
The six square blocks on the site of San Diego's original pueblo are the heart of Old Town.